Practical tips to conserve water

Of all the plants around your home, grass is the greatest user of water. Consider replacing your lawn with shrubs and flowers that require the least water. Native plants use less water than do sophisticated hybrids.

Where permitted, install a drip irrigation or leaky hose system for lawns and gardens. Each uses water more efficiently than above-ground sprinklers and is available in garden centers.

If you insist on using Sprinkler Systems Phoenix, sprinkle in early morning or late afternoon when there is less evaporation from the sun. Water grass only when it looks wilted; it’s telling you it needs water.

Disconnect automatic irrigation systems that water by a clock rather than by need. Set your sprinklers where they don’t flood driveways and sidewalks and allow water to run into drainage systems. Don’t use a hand-held hose for watering.

Consider using hydrogels, the gelatin-type substances you put in containers or soil when planting. They’re supposed to hold water and release it gradually, although gardening authorities disagree on whether hydrogels work.

Buy a booklet on xeriscaping (planting to save watering.)

Eliminate weeds; they soak up a lot of water.

Mow higher – at least 3 inches; this will allow your grass to go longer without water.

Experts at North Carolina State University remind us that many Southern plants wilt during the heat of the day but recover in the evening cool. If plants remain wilted in evening and early morning, it is time to water – and hope for rain.

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